"Texas tea" this ain't.
Forecasters have been predicting for some time that oil gushing from BP’s mangled well in the Gulf of Mexico will travel east via the Atlantic's loop current. This means, spill watchers said, that oil will hit places like south Florida and parts of the Eastern Seaboard. So why are tar balls now washing up west of the spill site, on the shores of Galveston?
Coastal watchers on the Bolivar Peninsula just northeast of Galveston, Texas, picked up roughly 5 gallons' worth of tar balls Saturday. The next day, 2 gallons washed ashore on the peninsula and Galveston Island. Testing proved that the tar balls did indeed originate from the BP well 400 miles away — but scientists said they didn’t appear nearly as “weathered” as balls traveling that distance normally would be. Some speculate that a ship crossed the spill's path and brought some oil along.Read More »from How did tar balls make it to the Texas coast?